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News & Events: January 2008



HSE v HTM

News | 31st Jan 2008

John Cooper and Simon Antrobus successfully represented the company in a case of fundamental importance described in Redgrave as “central and controversial”. The jury returned verdicts of not guilty on the company yesterday. The trial, which commenced on 2 January 2008, involved a tragic double fatality and the employer (HTM) had been charged along with […]

Mastercigars Direct Ltd v Withers LLP [2007] All ER (D) 385

News | 25th Jan 2008

Simon J Brown was instructed to appear before Mr Justice Morgan in the Chancery Division in Mastercigars Direct Ltd v Withers LLP [2007] All ER (D) 385 in which the Court considered the effect of estimates in the charging arrangements of solicitors. The decision provides important guidance on the role of estimates and upon charging […]

Michael Curtis – Appointment to Queen’s Counsel

News | 22nd Jan 2008

Chambers is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Curtis to Queen’s Counsel. Michael, who was called to the Bar in 1982, specialises in Construction and Commercial work, and frequently appears in leading cases in these fields.

Gleeson v Court [2007] EWHC 2397 (QB)

News | 21st Jan 2008

Richard Lynagh QC successfully appeared on behalf of the Defendant in a case arising out of a motor accident. The Claimant, who was a passenger in a car driven by the Defendant, had sustained serious injuries and primary liability was not in issue. This was a trial of the preliminary issue of contributory negligence. The […]

R (South Atlantic Marine Services Ltd) v Her Majesty’s Attorney General of the Falkland Islands

News | 15th Jan 2008

Dermot Woolgar (instructed by the Attorney General of the Falkland Islands) successfully acted for the Governor and Government of the Falkland Islands in this claim for judicial review brought by a Falklands fishing company on behalf of itself and its Spanish joint venture partners. The claimant company’s track record in three fisheries had been significantly […]

Lingfield Properties (Darlington) Ltd v Padgett Lavender Associates (A Firm) [2007] EWHC 2989 (QB)

News | 14th Jan 2008

Richard Lynagh QC and Jason Evans-Tovey successfully defended a detailed and complex £16m professional negligence claim against a town planner accused of failing to satisfy conditions precedent in a 1991 planning permission for an out-of-town retail park and thereby permitting the permission to lapse. Mr Justice Tugendhat held on the facts that the professional had […]

Biffa Waste Services Ltd v Maschinenfabrik Ernst Hese GmbH [2008] BLR 155

News | 11th Jan 2008

James Medd was instructed by one of the Defendants in the Biffa Waste Services case, a recent decision of Ramsey J in the TCC. The editors of the Building Law Reports, in which the case has just been reported, described the case as “very complex” but containing a useful summary of various principles, particularly in […]

Jani-King (GB) Limited v Pula Enterprises & Ors [2007] EWHC 2433 (QB)

News | 11th Jan 2008

Jason Evans-Tovey successfully represented a franchisor at the trial of preliminary issues relating to the effect of some clauses commonly found in franchise agreements. The Court (HHJ Peter Coulson QC) held that: (i) in the lengthy and detailed franchise agreement no term was to be implied imposing upon the franchisor an obligation of trust and […]


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